By Liz Petoniak | Photographs by Michael Fornataro


Much like Tiffany’s iconic blue box, in Pittsburgh, giving one of Splurge’s chic white and orange packages holds special meaning. In just three years, owner Kym Pelcher has built up the reputation of her Fox Chapel boutique as one of the city’s go-to places to shop for home décor and unique gifts. And now that it’s outgrown its original storefront, Splurge has relocated into a space more than double the size of its predecessor, one that finally fulfills Pelcher’s original vision for the shop. With soaring ceilings, several unique vignettes that add warmth, and built-in cabinetry (crafted by her husband, Chris!) to maximize floor space, it’s a brand new Splurge that still maintains the same intimate feel and the full sensory, enjoyable shopping experience. Retail therapy at Splurge has always taken the form of something not available online — touching a fur throw, viewing the beautifully arranged displays, smelling all of the candles, and listening to Pelcher’s sage design advice.

“I always wanted to pull the elements of my career, merchandising, and interior design together to open a new concept retail store,” she says. “When we moved to Pittsburgh from New York, I knew that this was the perfect location for what I had in mind. Nothing like it existed here.” As a home furnishings buyer in New York for 13 years prior to starting her interior design business, Pelcher’s knowledge of the industry enables her to curate the very best items for her clientele. The new location allows her to bring even more to her new and loyal customer base, with expanding categories including bridal, baby, accent furniture, lighting, and a custom bedding program. “The space now has a full-size upholstered bed with an exquisite bedding ensemble atop it,” she explains. “We also have some really fabulous, unique pet beds that are really fun. Our pets need nice digs, too!” Plus, clients will find a custom-made fireplace mantle that can be designed to fit any space, and inspirational table settings, both for more formal and outdoor dining, just in time for a summer soirée. “Overall, it’s the same Splurge — just more of it!”

Splurge, Fox Chapel Plaza, 1109 Freeport Road, Fox Chapel. 412.252.2242. splurge-shop.com.   

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How does your personal style translate in the store?

Kym Pelcher: My personal style is a lot like my store design — eclectic but focused. I would describe it as ‘classic vintage modern.’ I love to mix unexpected elements together, like a heavily distressed leather sofa with an uber-soft white fur throw, or a barn wood-covered wall juxtaposed with polished silver accessories. Balancing something intense with something peaceful to calm things down is key. In my design work, personal style, and even in my personal life, it’s all about balance.

What inspires your design sense?

KP: Traveling around the country to the different design shows is probably the biggest inspiration. To see the talent from all over the world pulled together under one roof is really incredible. I also keep up on all current trends through magazines and social media, but rarely jump on passing trends unless they really speak to me. I prefer more timeless looks and I love to find investment pieces. In general, wherever I am I always have my eye out for great design.

What are your home essentials?

KP: Scent plays a major part in first impressions, so candles and diffusers are always super high on my list of must-haves. Lafco has some wonderful new scents, as well as our new line of Lampe Berger air purifiers. We also have some incredible statement antiques that I brought back from a recent trip. I love mixing antiques within a modern setting. Again, it’s all about balance. We also have some really beautiful chandeliers and lamps in the new store, as well as extraordinary rugs, which can all transform a tired room almost instantly.


A few of her favorite things: 

1) Alita artisan lamp, $245. 2) Handmade cosmetic case, jewelry jelly roll, and baby shoes, $30-$45. 3) Rebel leather and Swarovski crystal bracelet, $225. 4) Lampe Berger catalytic diffuser “pebble” lamp, $60. 5) Reclaimed wood and galvanized steel butcher block, $750.

1) Alita artisan lamp, $245. 2) Handmade cosmetic case, jewelry jelly roll, and baby shoes, $30-$45. 3) Rebel leather and Swarovski crystal bracelet, $225. 4) Lampe Berger catalytic diffuser “pebble” lamp, $60. (This beautiful lamp infuses fragrance while purifying the air. ) 5) Reclaimed wood and galvanized steel butcher block, $750. (“One of my favorite items in the store right now is a butcher block kitchen island in repurposed wood from 19th-century buildings found in Central Europe,” says Pelcher. “This piece can update any kitchen immediately and serves as a dramatic conversation piece.”)

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